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Shallow Lowland, Warm Mainstem, COOL-Warm Mainstem
Fish and Aquatic Life
Bear Creek, which supports a warm water fishery, experiences some water quality problems as a result of beaver dams, streambank pasturing and erosion. The village of Haugen wastewater treatment plant discharges to the groundwater in this subwatershed through seepage cells. NR 206 was revised in November, 1990 to require groundwater monitoring at groundwater dischargers who discharge more than 15,000 gallons per day. The present permit requires the village to install wells and comply with ths administrative code requirement.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||033213||Bear Creek - Haugen Dam||10/25/2012||10/25/2012||Map||Data|
|5517729||Unnamed||10035269||Bear Creek - Area of Open Water||6/29/2010||6/29/2010||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||033098||Bear Creek - Cth Ss R.Mi-0.4||4/26/1980||10/25/2018||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10035269||Bear Creek - Area of Open Water||6/29/2010||6/29/2010||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10007654||Bear Creek at Cth B (25th Ave)||11/13/2002||10/25/2018||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10009894||Bear Creek - N. Of 24th Ave And Ush 59||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||033016||Bear Creek - Sth 53 R.Mi-8.1||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10011424||Bear Creek - Cty Ss||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10011426||Bear Creek Behind The Stanley Residence||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||033018||Bear Creek - Bl Wissota Sand And Gravel||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10039153||Bear Creek at Main St||5/27/2012||5/27/2012||Map||Data|
|2104000||Bear Creek||10043130||Bear Creek County RD SS (South)||Map||Data|
Bear Creek is located in the Brill and Red Cedar Rivers watershed which is 297.68 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (49.40%), agricultural (20.30%) and a mix of grassland (10.70%) and other uses (19.60%). This watershed has 264.90 stream miles, 6,282.34 lake acres and 15,832.05 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Medium for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.
Bear Creek is considered a Shallow Lowland, Warm Mainstem, COOL-Warm Mainstem under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Warm Mainstem waters are moderate-to-large but still wadeable perennial streams with relatively warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are absent, transitional fishes are common to uncommon, and warm water fishes are abundant to common. Headwater species are common to absent, mainstem species are abundant to common, and river species are common to absent.
Shallow lowland lake describes the depth and location of the lake in a watershed. These variables affect the lakes response to watershed variables.